DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

SECRETARIES

FORMER SECRETARIES


YOUNG DUKE (Y. D.) HANCE (1921-2006)
Secretary of Agriculture, 1972-79

Secretary of Agriculture, 1972 to 1979

Member, Governor's Executive Council, 1972-79. Board of Regents, University of Maryland, 1972-79. Member, Scenic and Wild Rivers Review Board, 1972-79; State Soil Conservation Committee, 1972-79; Maryland Wholesale Food Center Authority, 1975-79; Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation, 1977-79.


Board of Supervisors, Calvert County Soil Conservation District, 1954-59, 1979-2005 (past chair). Past chair, Board of Appeals, Calvert County.

Chair, Maryland Agricultural Commission, 1969-72.

Born in Prince Frederick, Maryland, 1921. Attended Calvert County public schools; Dickinson College, B.A., 1942. Served in U.S. Army during World War II (Central Intelligence Corp.; Officer Candidate School, Brisbane, Australia; served in new Guinea until 1945). Tobacco farmer; raised feeder cattle. President, Maryland Farm Bureau, 1955. Past president, Calvert County Farm Bureau. Board of Directors, National Insurance (past chair); Southern States Cooperative, 1984-96. Member, American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Disbled American Veterans. Member, Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. Governor's Agriculture Hall of Fame, 1991. Member, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Prince Federick, Maryland. Widower; three daughters, nine grandchildren. Died in Prince Frederick, Maryland, February 14, 2006.

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